Wurtz premiere receives praise at AMP concert

The Kontras Quartet gave the world premiere of Amy Wurtz’s String Quartet No. 3 at Ganz Concert Hall in Chicago. Photo: Anne Ryan / AMP

Amy Wurtz’s String Quartet No 3 received high praise from critics in its world premiere, performed by the Kontras Quartet at the American Music Project concert Sunday, June 5 at Ganz Hall in Chicago.

Reviewing for Chicago Classical Review, Landon Hegedus said of the AMP commission, “This is urgent, anxious music, wrought with taut but deep-felt emotion and brought exquisitely to life thanks to the Kontras Quartet’s attentive interpretation.”

Writing in Third Coast Review, Louis Harris said the delayed premiere of Wurtz’s quartet “was worth the wait.”



AMP grant applications are now open for the 2022-23 season

“Music” by Thomas Eakins, 1904.

AMP grant applications are now open for the 2022-23 season and will be accepted through September 10.

Grants will be awarded for events featuring music by American composers exclusively, with performances taking place from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023.

Grant submissions in recent years have seen a decreasing emphasis on American composers of the past. Therefore, for the first time we are requesting that at least two of the works on the program be both substantial (longer than 12 minutes) and written before the 21st century–i.e., before the year 2000.

Awards will be announced October 10.

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